“In the light of the recent Cop15 (2022 United Nations Biodiversity Conference) and the nature crisis it’s imperative that we get this right.
“There can’t be any room for slippage and misunderstanding. It’s not so much about what’s not in it – it’s about the need for it to be strengthened. We need a really strong focus on biodiversity and the nature crisis.”
The Agriculture (Wales) Bill is about working in partnership with the agriculture community, he added.
Mr Slaughter said: “We need to take the agricultural sector along with us. I speak with farmers all the time, and people at the NFU (National Farmer’s Union) and they are very much on board. They want to be doing the right thing as regards land management.
“So, I think that using this Bill to ensure that doing the right thing is the easiest thing to do.
“Food production is vital and at the same time everything has to enhance the landscape and the natural world.”